BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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Pros
  • Overall a pretty good work life balance as well (in 5 reviews)

  • Friendly atmosphere, Good benefits, pay and bonuses depends on politics (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much support, long commute, no work life balance, more work than employees can handle leading to burn out (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad senior management, lack of support outside US (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work. People are friendly and collaborative. The benefits are fairly good. The company has a great mission and is going places.

    Cons

    Favoritism and nepotism abound at almost any company, and BioMarin is no exception. Seemingly unqualified candidates with important connections are placed into high-paying titles or positions they have no relevant experience in.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people work at BioMarin

    Cons

    I love my job. I really do.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Company Review

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BioMarin has great company culture. A growing company with great career growth and opportunities. Also great benefits and company perks. Love it!

    Cons

    Fastly growing but could use more diversity. Could possibly offer better compensation for certain underpaid positions. Beige gap between management and other employees in departments.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with department employees. Show appreciation for workers. Give feedback and communicate on job expectations. Provide encouragement to employees.


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  5. BioMarin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Besides the Friday cater lunch the company is working on saving lives

    Cons

    Salary inconsistenancy at BioMarin for same position


  6. Clinical Manufacturing Associate

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    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    stock options, company events, and diversity

    Cons

    long hours and lengthy commute


  7. anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good vacation , 401 K , stock purchase plan

    Cons

    poor work life balance, work goes unappreciated and unrecognized by some managers


  8. Helpful (1)

    Challenging but fun

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    Current Employee - Manager in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very challenging, have to keep on your toes. High expectations but compensated very well. Must be self-starter as so many people are busy and may not have the time to micromanage. Everyone is very smart and friendly. Because the company is still small there is a lot of opportunity to implement projects and get a lot of visibility across the different departments. There is a very good remote working system too, as many employees are dispersed across the world.

    Cons

    Commute from the east bay, not very collaborative (more like propose & get feedback instead of work on it together), haven't developed their HR strategy very well (i.e. employee development needs improvement).

    Advice to Management

    Better define roles and responsibilities as this can be very confusing - this is a result of the rapid growth. Some restructuring may be necessary.


  9. Challenging but fun place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and all motivated to help bring new products to patient populations with unmet needs. Cutting edge science to boot.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means lots of new people learning the "BioMarin Way." The typical expectation is to get the job done full steam ahead


  10. Helpful (1)

    Best Drug Sponsor Company Experience

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Regulatory compliance mindset Company culture and ethics Strong HR presence Employee development, wellness, benefits, and compensation

    Cons

    Executive management appears to have aversion to managing employee conflicts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Review 2015

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RSUs upon hire, 12% bonus, fast paced, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Isolated to Marin county requiring move away from south San Francisco.

    Advice to Management

    None



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